Some DLC is well worth your money like the Mario Kart 8 downloadable content and some simply is not. Super Smash Bros creator Masahiro Sakurai isn’t happy about the current downloadable content that we are peddled as he says developers are actually providing us with an unfinished product at launch. Sakurai feels that the product delivered to us at launch should be 100% complete and shouldn’t require us giving additional cash post launch.
These days, the “DLC scam” has become quite the epidemic, charging customers extra money to complete what was essentially an unfinished product. I completely understand how aggravated players must feel. After all, a game should be 100% at the time of release, and I would be livid if it were split up and sold in pieces.
Why, then, do you think so many titles provide premium DLC on or shortly following a game’s release? It’s because that’s the easiest way to make money.
After all, if you wait too long after a game’s release to distribute additional content, players will already move on to the next title. Even long tail titles–that is, ones that perform consistently well over an extended period of time–make more money the earlier they come out.
Moreover, we decided to release other characters as well because part of the fun of Smash is the anticipation: “Which character will join the fray next!?” If we keep distributing content, we can maintain that excitement, and I think that’s a really great thing.
See for yourself what the new Mario Kart 8 Amiibo suits look like in-game, where you can dress up as: Wario, Pac-Man, Bowser, Sonic, Toad, Villager, Rosalina or Mega Man! Which do you think looks best? My personal favourite is Sonic, because with 200cc, you gotta go fast.
You can also take a look at the gameplay for the Crossing Cup in the new DLC, if you haven’t already, featuring tracks: Baby Park, Cheese Land, Wild Woods and Animal Crossing. As a huge fan of Animal Crossing, I have to say this track is my favourite, and it’s amazing how much they actually made you feel like you were driving through your Town. Which are your favourite parts of the new DLC?
It’s finally here! It’s April 23rd and you should all be sitting down to spend the day completing the new DLC pack for Mario Kart 8 and getting accustomed to the B button in 200cc. If you haven’t bought the second DLC pack, here’s a reminder of everything it includes (and why you should buy it):
- Animal Crossing– the seasons of the track change every time you play.
- Big Blue– remaster of an F-Zero race track.
- Super Bell Subway– race while trying to avoid the trains!
- Wild Woods– race through a tree trunk avoiding Toads and Shy Guys.
- Baby Park– remastered from Mario Kart: Double Dash.
- Cheese Land– remastered from Mario Kart Super Circuit.
- Koopa City / Neo Bowser City– remastered from Mario Kart 7.
- Ribbon Road– remastered from Mario Kart Super Circuit.
- Villager (Boy and Girl)
- Dry Bowser
- Bone Rattler (ATV)
- City Tripper (bike)
- The Streetle (kart)
- P-Wing (kart)
There will also be nine Mii racing suits available through Amiibo including: Wario, Bowser, Pac-Man, Sonic, Olimar, Toad, Mega Man, Rosalina, and Villager. And you can enjoy all this in the immensity of 200cc. Well, I know what I’m doing for the rest of my day! What do you think of the DLC pack 2? What’s your favourite part about it?
We all know the second piece of paid Mario Kart 8 downloadable content is coming tomorrow bringing a range of new tracks and a few new characters. We now also know what’s going to be included in the free software update that’s coming tomorrow alongside the DLC, which also includes the 200cc mode. Here’s the patch notes for the 4.0 update.
● Animal Crossing DLC Pack 2 is available for download
● 9 new Amiibo Suits added
200cc class added
● Grand Prix: Must beat all cups on 150cc to play Grand Prix on 200cc
● VS race: 200cc can be selected from the beginning.
● Online play custom rules: 200cc can be selected from the beginning.
● Friend Lobby: 200cc can be selected from the beginning.
● Tournament settings: 200cc can be selected from the beginning.
● When you Brake while Drifting in 200cc mode, sparks will fly from your tires.
● Breaking now possible while drifting using the Wii Remote by pushing B, 1, & 2 buttons at the same time.
● Able to add CPU players to Online Custom Rules, but only human players will count for scoring.
● Pressing the minus button on the following controllers will now put the map on the screen:
-Wii U Pro Controller
-Wii Remote + Nun-chuck
● The seasons on the Animal Crossing course are random except in Time Trials, which is limited to Summer only.
● 10 new stamps added for use in Miiverse posts
● Bug Fixes
Think you’ll get bored with Splatoon rather quickly? Well, think again. Splatoon producer Hisashi Nogami has confirmed that the team plans to support the game post launch with brand new content to keep players coming back for more. I suspect we shall get additional maps and new mission modes. DLC is always welcome as long as it isn’t too soon after launch.
“We can’t go into a lot of detail on that today, but we do have some plans to follow up with content to keep interest in the game post-launch,” Nogami said.
“We on the development team are thinking of the launch as a first step of sorts. We hope to add to that in terms of content, and even to the degree that we’re hoping that this will become a franchise that Nintendo can be proud of.”
Thanks, Paid Enthusiast
Oh, tease! Beforehand in Mario Kart 8 you could blast through the tracks without letting go of accelerate, but with the 200cc update releasing on the 23rd of April, Nintendo reckons we’ll actually have to make use of the brakes to get through it without flying off the edges.
It takes skill to get all gold trophies for 150cc, and it’s going to take even more to manage 200cc and get used to actually having to use the B button. I think this almost risks taking away the fun from Mario Kart of being able to just boss through tracks without thinking about it, but either way… Challenge accepted.
The guys over at GameXplain have made a video comparing the gameplay of the Neo Bowser City track on the Nintendo 3DS to the Wii U, ready to release as part of the Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 2 on April 23rd– only 3 days to go!
The track layout looks to be the same, but the sleek new version of the track manages to make even the Nintendo 3DS graphics look clunky. More exciting to me is that you can blast through this dark track adorably as Isabelle! You can check out GameXplain’s analysis of the other tracks in the DLC here.